contest; wrestling; severe struggling with pain and suffering. Anguish is the reflection on evil that is already past, while agony is a struggle with evil at the time present. It is only used in the New Testament by ( Luke 22:44 ) to describe our Lord's fearful struggle in Gethsemane.
The verb from which the noun "agony" is derived is used to denote an earnest endeavour or striving, as "Strive [agonize] to enter" ( Luke 13:24 ); "Then would my servants fight" [agonize] ( John 18:36 ). Compare 1 Corinthians 9:25 ; Colossians 1:29 ; 4:12 ; 1 Timothy 6:12 ; 2 Tim 4:7 , where the words "striveth," "labour," "conflict," "fight," are the renderings of the same Greek verb.
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Agony". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".